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97 Saab 900 se Turbo won't start.

Yesterday I was driving my Saab. I stopped at a few stores. It died as I was pulling into the parking spot at the last store. I thought that maybe I had pulled off the clutch a bit too soon. I started it back up and pulled the rest of the way into the parking spot. When I cam back to the car and tried to start it up, I couldn't get it to start. The car would crank, but would not start. The radio and everything else electric would work fine. I have checked all the fuses, but wasn't exactly sure how to get to the relays to check them.

Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    same thing exactly, waiting on saab dealer!

  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    " O yea I have the same problem just yesterday the car run was fine and and I make 1 stop and turn off, when I back I start but I thing put R before the engine up and and the engine try to run and than just crank I don sure if fuel pun because the car has 3/4 tank.. any way i will try make all the test before I get the new one fuel p, because I see many different opinion about this and most interesting is switch in the rear seat when you have any accident the sw just cut off the fuel deliver.... that probably the trans detect fast change direction in the train and activate sw but this a theory I will see what happen if found it...



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In order of failure rate you should check:
1) DIC (the red module sitting between the cam banks). This may or may not throw a code (random misfire or a specific cylinder misfire). The easiest way to check this is to simply swap in a known good DIC and see if this fixes the problem. You should also check your plugs at this point and ensure that they are gapped no larger than 1 mm, as overgapped plugs are the primary cause of DIC filures..
2) CPS (crankshaft position sensor) located on the right front lower corner of the engine block. This should throw a code, but may not. I do not have access currently to the electrical specs you should be able to read with a multimeter;
3) Fuel pump and fuel pump relay. To check this, remove the IAT sensor in the throttle body transition casting and spray starter fluid into the throttle body. Replace the sensor finger tight and crank the car. If it starts and runs until the starter fluid is gone, you probably have a pump or relay issue. Raise the rear seat and hammer on the top of the tank next to the fuel pump assembly with a large rubber mallet and then try to start the car. If it starts and runs, your pump is probably failing. Check the relay under the dash regardless to ensure that it is working. You should be able to hear the pump run when you turn the key to the on position, especially with the rear seat up.
Good luck.

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Im having the same problem right now with my 1995 saab 900se turbo. i replaced the fuel pump because the old one stopped working and now i can hear the new one working but the car will still not turn over. it is getting good spark.

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Hi there,to what i know about your saab not starting,its got to be the crank sensor.if you had that problem in the past as well,than its has to be the crank sensor.

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